Clinton: Planned Parenthood videos are ‘disturbing’
MANCHESTER, NH, July 29, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – “Disturbing.” That’s how presidential candidate Hilary Clinton described the content of a series of videos showing Planned Parenthood representatives talking about how the abortion giant harvests and sells the body parts of aborted babies.
At the same time, she defended the abortion organization, and reiterated her support for legal abortion.
The most recent video, released by the Center for Medical Progress Tuesday morning, included graphic footage of a lab worker sorting through body parts.
"I have seen pictures from [the videos] and obviously find them disturbing," Clinton said, speaking to The New Hampshire Union Leader.
“Planned Parenthood is answering questions and will continue to answer questions,” Clinton continued, adding, “Planned Parenthood for more than a century has done a lot of really good work for women: cancer screenings, family planning, all kinds of health services.”
Clinton said the videos raise questions not just about Planned Parenthood, but “about the whole process, that is, not just involving Planned Parenthood, but many institutions in our country.”
“And if there’s going to be any kind of congressional inquiry, it should look at everything and not just one [organization],” she said.
Clinton is one of just two prominent Democrats who have indicated any misgivings about the content of the videos. The other is Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, D-VA.
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Other Democrats have dismissed the videos, which were released by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), including President Obama and leading House and Senate Democrats.
Last week, four Democrats demanded that U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and California Attorney General Kamala Harris investigate CMP for allegedly illegal activity. Harris has said she will investigate CMP.
At the same time, efforts are underway in Congress to investigate the abortion giant, and legislation to defund Planned Parenthood is slated for a vote in the Senate before the Senate’s August recess.
Clinton told the Leader that she is "well aware that passions are very high," and clarified that "for more than 22 years [I have said] that abortion should be legal, safe and rare. As First Lady, I led an effort to try to lower the number of teenage pregnancies and we succeeded, and as President I will continue to work toward that so that women are fully empowered, they can afford to make responsible decisions, and I hope we will be successful at that.”
Clinton has long supported abortion-on-demand, saying earlier this year that religious beliefs that are in opposition to abortion "must be changed," and last year said it was "a bedrock truth" that "you cannot make progress on gender equality or broader human development, without safeguarding women’s reproductive health and rights."
In a statement to media, Republican National Committee Spokesperson Allison Moore said that "it should not have taken a third video showcasing Planned Parenthood’s barbaric side business of selling fetal body parts for Hillary Clinton to change her tune. Instead of condemning these horrific revelations, Hillary Clinton has stood by Planned Parenthood despite weeks of unsettling headlines. Rather than lead, Hillary Clinton has once again shown herself to be someone who will do or say anything to get elected."
"Perhaps that’s also why she has yet to spell out what limits, if any, she supports on abortion," said Moore.